Monday, January 17, 2022

Christmas Hair | Clique Kits

Good morning everyone! I know its after Christmas, but I'm still working on Christmas layouts lol. Are any of you doing the same? Well this morning I'm sharing a layout of my youngest son and his hair cut for Christmas.
This boy usually like to keep his hair unruly and under a beanie, but for some reason he decided that he wanted to get his haircut before Christmas. And hey, if that's what he wanted, why not? I started my layout with the Holiday magic seasonal kit, with all that beautiful Pinkfresh Studio papers and embellishments. I took the four smaller pictures of my son and mounted them on a piece of white cardstock, with a bit extra at the bottom. I popped that up on some 3D adhesive and stated layering a few of the papers behind that.
I pulled a few of the other papers and a few dies I had and ran them through my big shot so that I had some sprigs to tuck in here and there. I went ahead with tucking those in on the left and right of the photo mount, but at this point it was just looking to plain with just the white background. I pulled out some other papers and tried them, but I wasn't liking it so I went back to the white background and decided to pull out my stencils and go through them.
I found an old crafters workshop stencil with different size dots in a circle and decided to use it. I put it in the middle of my layout when I had had the photos sitting and grabbed my distress oxide in candied apple and went to buffin it thought the stencil. Once I had decided I liked how far it went out I stopped and placed my photos and my layers back on top and stuck it down.
I didn't really want to add much more to it, so I cut out one of the tags, added a puffy sticker and a few twigs and called it good. I did try a few other things, but none of them were right. So I left it a bit planer, but I like that the pictures are front and center in this layout. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my layout! And make sure to head over to the Clique kits shop and look at all the pretties there are in the shop to play with!

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

My first Traveler's Notebook | Embrace the journey | Journals For Life DT

Hello everyone!! So, I was completely nervous about this. I had played with TN’s in the past, but just for my own eyes and no one else’s. But really, I had decided not to even try because I do more traditional 12x12 layouts more. But man, do I love playing in a TN, planner, making mini albums and playing with mixed media and I rarely share much of it. But I got the awesome opportunity to be on this great team, Journals For Life and I thought, well maybe this is a sign lol. Yeah, sometimes I am that person. But I’m glad I did it and that the owner took the chance on me. I wanted to share my progression in my real first TN and I wanted to share it with y’all too. The cover is really basic, not a ton to it. But I wanted to keep it that way for the beginning of 2022. I’m trying to look on the bright side and hope to enjoy whatever journey 2022 takes me and my family on.
I loved the washi that came in the kit and had to use it. I am a coffee-aholic lol. I had to use that, cause there will be a lot of coffee in 2022, just as there has been in the past! I used that pretty heart from the kits ephemera pack and pulled the phrase sticker and the number stickers from my stash and that was that. Cover done.
I moved to the inside. Now before I started, I did my best not to look at anymore TN’s because I didn’t want to be influenced by anyone else’s designs. But I had seen plenty on Instagram, Pinterest and more lol. But I made it a point not to go looking for them. I knew I wanted a little pocket on my inside cover to store extra tags, this way I didn’t have to go looking when I was in the process of playing, and I wanted a place to put some other item I may not want to put on a page. I ran a die through my sizzix and popped my pocket on the inside page, drew a little line on the edges and poured out the ephemera to add something to the pocket. I cut out a circle, popped a little label through the center and then added that pretty little butterfly in the center. On the first page, or title page? IDK, I thought I would try my hand at some lettering and mixing it with some stickers. I also had the bright idea to try and use some of my vellum as a tag, not sure it was the best idea, but it was stuck down, so yeah there it is lol. But I went with heres to a better year, and I so hope it is! I put one of the clear stickers from the kit on a piece of white cardstock, I thought I was going to cut it out, but decided to use a clear epoxy sticker and make a 3D embellishment for this page, yes more coffee lol. I know this really isn’t that much, but I have moved forward and have done some more. I will share more this week and see what y’all think. Do you have any suggestions? Well, I hope you liked what I did and I hope you’ll come back and see what else I come up with! I have to say I think I did a bit better, not to toot my own horn, but I kind of just let go and had some fun and I think the more comfortable I get with it the more I will be happier with it. Make sure to go check out the Journals.For.Life Instagram and blog to see what all the other ladies are going with the kits too!

Friday, December 31, 2021

December lits | Clique kits International design team

Hello everyone! I don't know about you, but I love to make lists. I make them all the time, everyday, but I make ones every month too. Sometimes they are just a reminder to pull out my camera and take some pictures, or something to push me a little further. Make me think outside the box. And I like this because sometimes it sends us on little adventures. December was a little different, we had a ton going on, family and health issues, so no real big adventures, but still Christmas fun, so I thought I would share my list and the way I decided to dress it up.
Usually I start out with my list and that's it, btu this past year I have been playing around a little more with how I do things. Why not dress it up and make it pretty? So I do that. I got the beautiful Holiday magic Seasonal kit and oh man was I looking forward to it! I love Pinkfresh Studio and this Christmas/Holiday collection was fantastic! I started by pulling some washi from my stash and running it across the top where I was going to put my title, then pulling the alphas from the kit and putting my title down. As you can see I started writing my list right down the left hand side of my page and then realized I didn't have to do that, I could lay a little with it if I wanted. So, I stopped what I was doing and started digging through the ephemer that came in the kit.
I pulled out everything I thought I would use, well really I pulled out everything lol. I started to layer pieces and play with how I wanted things laid out on my pages and started sticking them down. I distressed the edges and layered paper on paper, along with puffy stickers. And then I went back to writing my list. I'm not big on sharing my handwriting, not a fan of it or the mess ups I make but hey its part of it alot of the time right?
At this point this page was done and I could have left it at that but I wanted to still play with all the pretty thing and I had already taken some pictures of some of my decorations, so I decided to play on the next page too and add a little journaling.
So I moved to the next page, layed my pictures where I wanted them and started digging through my ephemera again. I wanted to have the washi on both pages, another something to bring them together so I pulled that back out and put it on the top and bottom of my page. Once I was done with that, I thought that the washi had made a great anchor for those cute little houses, so I distressed them too and stuck them down. I finished everything off by adding some of the gorgeous sequins that come in the kit and that was it. This really didn't take me long to make and I like how it turned out. I don't know about you, but sometimes I need to do something that is like a slate cleaner. Something that doesn't take much thought and you can just do freely. This, making my lists and decorating them, is one of those things for me. Is fun and relaxing and seems to rejuvenate me for scrapping when I'm having a block. Sometimes it's getting messy with mixed media that helps, other times its making my lists and making them pretty. What about you? What do you do when you have scrappy block?

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Crisp Air layout | Clique kits International DT

Good morning everyone! I hope your weeks going good. I wanted to share a new layout I made using the Stitched together kit and the leaves turning add on kit. I know in a lot of places around its already winter, but it still looks like fall here and we actually got to have some fun and go on a hike. I loved this picture of my youngest son and had to scrap it.
I wanted to play with some cut files I had, so I cut out the leaves you see there. But I didn't want to back them with paper, so I decided to lightly trace the outside of the leaves on the layout where I wanted them and then use my distressed oxides, water them down a bit and splatter them where the leaves were going to go. Once that dried I added a little tape to the back and stuck them down. It worked out way better then I thought it was going to! lol
Once I got the leaves down I wanted a few papers behind my photo but I wanted to do something a little different for me, so I decided to go with circle mats. And I also decided to pop the up so there was a little more dimension. After I had my layout centered and knowing where else I had to put little things, I went to fussy cutting out some leaves and deciding what else I wanted to tuck here and there.
I cut out a few leaves and pulled a few from the ephemera pack and tucked them here and there around the circles, but I wanted a little more so I decided to cut a strip of paper and put a small piece on the top and bottom and then tuck a leaf there too. To finish off my layout I pulled some enamel dots from my a little scary kit, they went perfect with this! I placed some of those around my layout and I was done. I love scrapping these pictures of my kids. Really I love scrapbooking them all, but after the last few years, its nice to have some fun and look at how my kids have grown. I hope you enjoyed this layout and I hope you head over to the Clique kits shop and check out all the kits and all the other amazing items in the shop!

Monday, November 29, 2021

Hello Fall | Clique kits

Good morning everyone! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and a good weekend to rest! I had a blast with my family. We even got to have some down time! This layout has caught some of our down time too lol. My youngest got stuffed and passed out in the couch in what we call a turkey coma lol. And of course I had to get some pictures and she just looks so content. I also loved the mood board this month and thought I would draw some inspiration from it as well. It all just looked so warm and cozy and the colors were beautiful. I didn't use everything but I definitely drew inspiration from it.So I am going to share the mood board below just in case you haven't seen it and hope that it inspires you too!
I started with the cut file first and foremost with this layout. I had found it in the Clique kits shop and knew I wanted to use it and I knew I wanted it to be big. While that was cutting out I had to decide on the colors for this layout and having the mood board helped with that.
Once I had chosen the papers I wanted to use, I knew there was going to be a lot of fussy cutting, and there was! But it was worth it to me! Once the cut file was done and before I backed it I pulled out my distressed oxide in speckled egg, smudged it on a piece of plastic and watered it down. Then painted the white cut file with it, then backed the cut file.
I knew I wasn't going to have a ton on this layout, so I decided to pop my cut file up so I could add some dimension and be able to slide the fussy cut flowers underneath here and there. At this point I hadn't stuck anything down, So, I moved to my photo and adding some layers behind that. I didn't want to add to many layers but I wanted to draw attention to it so I decided to add a few tags.
Once I had the layers done, I played with where I wanted everything sitting on my layout and after that was decided it was down to tucking those cute little flowers in here and there all over! I did decided to slid the picture of my daughter inder the edge of the hello fall cut file so that it was a continuous running line between the cut file and the photo. I really loved tucking all those pretty flowers behind the cut file and around the photo, these papers are just to beautiful! And I love the feel of comfiness and fall without being too fally. I hope you enjoyed this layout and I hope you get the chance to play with these kits. There are a lot of other papers in these kits, along with tons of fun embellishments that are more in the fall colors, but I decided to go a little different route with it. Make sure to go check out the shop and see all the new pretties that have come and make sure to check out the pre-order section too!

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

You are my sunshine | Clique Kits Design Team

Good morning everyone! I hope your having a good week so far. I'm already ready for the weekend here! I want to get some crafting done! But I wanted to share a layout with you today that I made with my Happy Blooms kit from the Clique kits shop. I love this kit!! The colors are amazing and all the pretty things that come in the kit!!
I have this love for yellow. I don't know what it is, maybe that it's such a bright and happy color, IDK. But I had found the little banner piece that said You are my sunshine and that kind of set the tone for my layout. I pulled one of the papers with that beautiful yellow and white and cut that at a diagonal for my background. I stuck that down to some white cardstock and started pulling papers and ephemera to layer behind my pictures of me and my goofy little girl.
I did run some white cardstock through my cuttlebug to add a little more texture to my layout. WHen I did this I really didn't know where I was going to put it but I wanted to have the option to use it if I wanted. Either way it would be used on something lol.I added a white border to my pictures and layered them the way I wanted and grabbed that beautiful blue paper with pretty flowers all over it and cut a square, then layered a piece of the packaging behind that, ruffing all the edges up as I went. That just wasn't where I wanted it though. I wanted more layers and some more color as well. Since I added that floral paper, I could use pretty much any color I wanted. I went through the tags and other ephemera and found this purple tag and added it in to the layers, then cutting my die cut in half I popped that in there too.
Once I did that I really started to like my layout, but I still wanted more on there. So it was time to break out the ephemera, puffy stickers and die cuts. I went through everything, pulled out way to much as I tend to do lol. Then I started to tuck a flower here, put a puffy sticker there and then I found the big teal floral puffy sticker frame and just had to use it. So I added it in under the tag layer and I love the color pop it gives!
Finishing off my layout pretty much came down to adding the pretty little banners here and there that said things about me and my daughter and doing a little journaling on the back of my layout. I hope you liked this layout, I did have fun making it. I'm trying my best not to hoard all the pretty things lol. I think I'm doing a pretty good job of using my pretties though. Make sure to head over to the shop and check out the new kits and hey if you like this kit, it's still available in the shop too! Along with so many others!!

Monday, October 25, 2021

Noteworthy | Clique Kits International DT

Good morning everyone!! I'm playing with my Happy Blooms kit today. I wanted to document one of my littles major haircut. And yes, for this one was major. I kinda didn't want to do it, but she wanted to so bad and it made her happy and didn't hurt anyone, so I figured why not, let her be her. So it happened lol.
I went to an app in my phone and made a photo strip and printed it out. I matted it on white cardstock and started pulling papers from my kit and playing with it. I love all the papers in this kit and it was so hard to decide, but I figured used a pretty floral print that had pretty much all the colors in it so I can use any of the other papers and it would look good lol. So I cut the floral paper down and grabbed the pink tone on tone plaid and punched a strip of that and slid it under the other paper and stuck it down.
There are so many embellishments in this kit too! So of course I grabbed those and stated going threw them, pulling all the little things I wanted to use. I had a huge pile, so everything didn't make it onto the layout lol. I started with that little pocket and placed it at the end of my pictures, this way I could stick a little hair in from her first haircut, Is that weird?
Then I decided to do a quick cutfile in white and pop it on my layout too. But I wanted more than just the white on white below my photos so I added another paper piece at the bottom of my photo and a light blue piece above it too. This made it really easy from me to slide in all the other little pieces.
I cut one of the frames from the ephemera pack diagonally and slid it behind part of the pocket on the left and then slid the other pieces on the opposite side to the pocket too. After that it was just playing with all the florals I had pulled out and tucking them in here and there till I was happy with it. I put one of the pretty butterflies up on the top too, and added a noteworthy tag to the bottom of the pocket that already had happy thoughts on it. and that finished this layout off for me. Thanks so much for checking out my post and make sure to come back and check out what all the other amazing design team members are up too as well. And always be checking out the Clique kits shop to see all the fun goodies that are there!!